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Strapping Young Lad

Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994. The bandstarted as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By1997, he had recruited permanent members; this line-up, which consisted of Townsend on vocals and guitar, Jed Simon on guitar, Byron Stroudon bass, and Gene Hoglan on drums, lasted until the band's dissolution.

Containing elements of death metal, thrash metal, black metal, progressive metal and industrial metal, Strap ...read more

Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994. The bandstarted as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By1997, he had recruited permanent members; this line-up, which consisted of Townsend on vocals and guitar, Jed Simon on guitar, Byron Stroudon bass, and Gene Hoglan on drums, lasted until the band's dissolution.

Containing elements of death metal, thrash metal, black metal, progressive metal and industrial metal, Strapping Young Lad's music wascharacterized by the use of complex time signatures, polyrhythmic guitar riffing and drumming, blast beats and Wall of Sound production. Theband's musical direction was mainly determined by Townsend, whose battle with bipolar disorder and dark sense of humour were majorinfluences on his songwriting. Townsend was also noted for his eccentric appearance and on-stage behaviour, which greatly contributed to theband's intense live performances.

The band gained critical success and a growing underground fan base from their 1997 album City. After a hiatus between 1999 and 2002, theband released three more albums, reaching their commercial peak with the 2006 effort, The New Black. Townsend disbanded Strapping YoungLad in May 2007, announcing his decision to retreat from public view while continuing to record solo albums. « hide

Similar Bands: Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Mnemic, The Devin Townsend Project, Xerath

LPs
The New Black
2006

3.7
572 Votes
Alien
2005

4.1
812 Votes
Strapping Young Lad
2003

3.7
426 Votes
City
1997

4.4
999 Votes
Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
1995

3.5
311 Votes
EPs
C:enter:###
2007

2.7
16 Votes
Tour EP
2003

3.7
3 Votes
Live Albums
For Those Aboot to Rock (DVD)
2004

4.2
25 Votes
No Sleep 'till Bedtime
1999

4
52 Votes
Compilations
The Complete Works
08/01/2013

5
3 Votes
1994–2006 Chaos Years
2008

4.1
37 Votes

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